Last week, Gary Melius — owner of Oheka Castle — was shot in the back of the head. Oheka Castle's spacious Long Island grounds allegedly inspired Jay Gatsby's mansion in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. No word on whether it's also inspired Jay-Z's theory of life.
Anyway, Melius survived; because in real life the one percent cannot be taken out by the bullets of plebes (protip: silver is a bitch). But now Melius is being sued by Oheka workers who claim he's stealing their tips.
Castle serfs feel like they're underpaid? Wow. In other breaking news, water turns out to be really freaking wet...
Oheka server and bartender, Michael Ernano, is suing Melius, his sons-in-law, and Oheka Management Company. Ernano claims that he and other workers were not paid overtime, not paid timely, and that his employers pocketed the 22% "service charge" that is tacked onto customer's bills.
From Courthouse News Service:
Ernano claims castle managers required workers to carry over their overtime hours into subsequent weeks to avoid paying overtime, and that workers whose hours approached 40 hours in a work week were required to clock out of their "biometric timekeeping system and continue working."
Ernano says he was forced to work at least four shifts without pay during his probationary period.
While reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope, I've come to admit that my tolerance of human behavior has its limits. Melius, the man who gives his name to this story, represents everything for which I have an unaffected scorn. And yet there is something gorgeous about him. Some heightened sensitivity to the promises of being shot in the back of the head and living to tell about it, a romantic readiness to reconstitute serfdom in the modern context I've never found in any other person and which it is not likely I'll ever find again.